The National Cancer Institute Green Team

The active NCI Green Team organizes and participates in several activities throughout the year to support sustainability. Most activities at NCI occur in the LEED-certified Shady Grove building, which features a green roof to save on water and daylight harvesting to save on electricity.

Upcoming Events

August 22, 2019, 10 a.m.  to 11 a.m.

NIH Blue Bird Project

Brandon Hartz, NIH Landscape Architect, will present on the history and experience of the ongoing campus Blue Bird Project.

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September 26, 2019, 10 a.m.  to 11 a.m. 

Geese Police Demonstration

Learn how border collies are used to manage the goose population in the pond behind the NCI Shady Grove buidling.

Ongoing Activities

Plastic bag collection

In select kitchens, we collect plastic bags that people might otherwise throw in the trash. We reuse them or take them to our local grocery stores for recycling.

Battery collection

We collect batteries for recycling on campus. The collection jars are found in every large kitchen. Each kitchen is assigned to a Green Team member who collects the batteries on a regular basis and takes them to a central location. Then, the building operations staff makes sure they get to campus.

Book swap shelf

We maintain a bookshelf of books and magazines for swapping. Green Team members take turns maintaining order in one-month shifts.

The bookshelf is located at the back of the Shady Grove cafeteria seating area.

Field trips

              Each August, we use our regular meeting time to go on a field trip. Past trips include:

    • NCI Shady Grove Compost Program2018
    • NCI Shady Grove Green Roof Presentation—2017
    • Montgomery County Transfer Station­—2016
    • Rockville location of My Organic Market (MOM's)—2015
    • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital Cafeteria (to check out their recycling signage) —2014


Meetings are held on most 4th Thursdays of the month from 10-11 a.m.      

Next meeting, July 25, 2019 

Contact Us

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Green Team Lead:

Lorna Patrick